UP Variety Ministry
with The UP Guys
Nels Ross and Richie Derwald are The UP Guys – speakers and "edutainers" who uplift and empower. And they love Jesus.
Their gospel ministry has been featured by Upward Sports, Iron Sharpens Iron, and Kingdom Bound. Their compassion ministry includes bringing fun to groups of all kinds – like a cup of water to thirsty souls.
They enjoy sharing the faith, hope, love, and joy they have in Christ, as well as good, clean fun!⇣
"way beyond expectations"Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, Williamsville NY
"wonderfully unique approach"West Park Baptist Church, London, ON
"thoroughly enjoyed… incredible"Upward Sports, Inc.
"engaging… refreshing… amazing!"Iron Sharpens Iron
⋯ Fun Facts ⋯
About The UP Guys
Christian comedians, entertainers, and emcees.
Wow families, youth, and adults (or approximations).
Enjoy outreach, conferences, Upward Sports…
His mom was a mime and dad was a minister.
Toured with The Circus Kingdom, a Christian nonprofit.
Performed around the world, including on mission trips.
Work with Promise Theater Company changed his life.
Was pro wrestler with Spiritual Combat Wrestling.
Was actor/producer for national show with Total Christian Television.
⋯ Reviews ⋯
“Engaging... Refreshing!... Leaves a lasting impression… Open and honest… They were really able to connect… Very creative and enjoyable… Both funny and authentic… Amazing! A spiritual thrill ride…”Conference Attendees
Iron Sharpens Iron
"The UP Guys went way beyond expectations. They were easy to work with, and shared a great blend of humor with a gospel message. Spirits were lifted, God was honored, and everyone had fun. Thank you!"Mike Dwyer
Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, Williamsville, NY
"Your performance provided entertainment and the Gospel. The encore on Sunday provided a wonderfully unique approach to Luke 15 and your personal testimony. As you bless others... may you be blessed."Dr. Charles Stone
West Park Baptist Church, London, ON
"People are still raving about your act. It was truly top-notch. Thank you for sharing your God-given talent with us. As we strive to enrich marriages, we thank you again for being an important part of our event’s success."Marylou Buonaugurio, Married Life Live!
Journey Christian Church
"Nels was a huge hit as an entertainer at our 50th Anniversary, a speaker at our Father & Son Retreat, and a presenter at our Fundraising Banquet. In each situation, he was entertaining and articulate!"Sam Richbart
Camp Hickory Hill, Varysburg, NY
"We thoroughly enjoyed the show! We will be having you back for sure. Great use of humor, and the way you wove spiritual themes throughout the show was incredible. Thanks again for what you offer the kingdom!"Dave Hiscox
Canadian Representative, Upward Sports, Inc.
"So refreshing in today’s world. [It was] a delightful performance for our ministry workers’ conference, with a great presenter who will leave you joyful and smiling in your heart."Jim Brese
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod-Eastern District
"OUTSTANDING! It was a fun and thoughtful experience, and your presentation of the gospel was creative… direct… sincere… just right! Youth and adults are still talking about it, and they hope you are coming back."Rev. Ted Anderson
Upper New York United Methodist Church
"Great job at our Upward awards night! I was most impressed with the ability to engage all ages and being the same on and off stage, with a genuine love for people."Joe Schafer
Allison Park Church, Allison Park, PA
"What a hit! From the oldest to the youngest, the performance was totally engaging. If you want a good, clean, fun family night or outreach event, book this!"Liz Oraham
Foothills Community Church, Seneca, SC
…*Reviews from solo and team productions.